Stamford Bridge hero wins prestigious award to cap off fine year.
Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been named African Footballer of the Year.
Drogba scored five goals as Ivory Coast qualified for the 2010 World Cup and scored for Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Chelsea team-mate and Michael Essien and Cameroon forward Samuel Eto’o were also shortlisted for the award.
Drogba, who turned 32 on Thursday, had previously won the award in 2006, while Algeria were named team of the year at the ceremony in Accra, Ghana.
Algeria qualified for the World Cup finals in South Africa after defeating Egypt in a play-off game.
Drogba has scored 25 goals so far this season for Chelsea, who are in contention for the Premier League title and remain in the Champions League and FA Cup.
And the Ivorian claimed as he celebrated his 32nd birthday that his appetite for the game is as strong as ever. (BBC Sport)
Didier Drogba had a tough time of it at points last term, most notably when he lost his cool and went beserk after Chelsea were dumped out of the Champions League due to some very odd refereeing decisions but this term the Ivorian has been on fire.
From the first game of the season, when the Chelsea striker put away an expertly taken free-kick against Hull City at Stamford Bridge, things have gone ever upwards. The fact the Drogba has managed to net 25 times for the west London club, even though he missed over a month when he represented his country at the African Nations Cup.
Fellow Chelsea finished third in the voting and Inter Milan front man finished runner up at the awards ceremony.